in Mexico, protesters demand the truth about missing students
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Thousands of people marked the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students in a huge march in Mexico City on Monday (September 26). On the night of September 26-27, 2014, 43 normals from a rural school in Guerrero, between the ages of 19 and 21, disappeared near Iguala. This case continues to shock the country, and the families continue to demand justice.
With our correspondent in Mexico, gwendolina duval
At the head of the procession, the parents of the 43 missing students continue demanding justice, like Nicanora García González.
Imagine how I feel as a mother! Eight years, not knowing what happened to my son and not knowing where he is. It is very difficult for a mother!
“The former president must have known! Federal and state authorities know things, as does the military! »
Solidarity prevails among the relatives of the victims. Hilda Legideno has also been looking for her son for eight years. And she can’t stand the lies anymore: Since our children disappeared, we have gone out into the street, precisely to find them. But here we see that governments are responsible. They have this ability to make information disappear and hide it, even from themselves. That is why we have not yet been able to find out where our children are. »
At the time of the events, an investigation had been opened by former President Enrique Peña Nieto, incriminating the Guerreros Unidos gang and local police. In 2019, under the current government, new investigations were restarted, overseen by a special government commission. He presented in mid-August a preliminary report denouncing a state crime ». The document accuses the direct implication, not only of the police, but also of the army in this matter.
” Enrique Peña Nieto, the former president had to know! Federal and state authorities know things, as does the military! They have answers but they don’t want to give them because they cover up those responsible, says Hilda Legideno. So what worries us is that this government is just playing with us. »
feeling of bitterness
The press revealed that at the request of members of the Public Ministry, a federal judge canceled 21 of the 80 arrest warrants issued against soldiers and officials suspected of having participated in the case. The bitterness reigns between the families, explains his lawyer Vidulfo Rosalez: ” They are signs that indicate a step backwards, they do not go in the direction of the government’s promises. (…) There is no authority that is above the law. Even if they are soldiers, they must answer to the judges. »
In August, the then Attorney General of the Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam, was arrested, charged with torture and obstruction of justice in the Aytozinapa case, and is expected to stand trial.
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” These charges are important to families, not only because these people are in prison, but also because they open up the possibility of obtaining more information to discover the truth. This is just the beginning of the process. And that will be, in fact, the main problem. That these loads can be sustained, that they can pass all judicial controls, that they be solid, resistant and standing. “Says specialist María Luisa Aguilar, for whom holding her trial is essential.
According to her, international supervision is necessary to guarantee the integrity of this investigation and to have a chance of obtaining justice: “ There are obstacles that still persist: institutions as important as the Armed Forces and the Attorney General’s Office intervene to force the truth. This shows that the Attorney General’s Office has not changed in a country where impunity is almost total, as it is in more than 99% of cases. »
In Mexico, the Ayotzinapa case has become a strong symbol in a country with more than 100,000 disappeared.